When Martin Luther posted on Oct. 31, 1517, his “Ninety-Five Theses” on the “castle church” in Wittenberg, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. The posting of the theses is considered the beginning of the Reformation. The 500th anniversary of the posting will take place in 2017, and ELCA members, congregations and synods are encouraged to observe the anniversary of this evangelical reformation in a variety of ways and alongside others, including ecumenical partners, member churches of The Lutheran World Federation and others.

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